Every Tuesday on we take a look at books and authors from mainstream literary fiction that contain aspects of science fiction, fantasy. Complete summary of Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of In Watermelon Sugar. First published in , In Watermelon Sugar was Richard Brautigan’s third published novel and, according to Newton Smith, “a parable for survival in the 20th.

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All these are gelled by something I can’t explain, something I think I quite know but quite don’t. She further observes that in connection with Freud’s theory “. The twelve men at the watermelon subar, including Fred, contribute a great deal and are fine craftsmen if not artists. Certainly the one birth recorded in the novel does not offset the twenty-two suicides.

Margaret and that other girl who carried the lantern at night and never came close. I returned later to burn the shack down. The reverence all the characters have for the tigers is in direct contrast to the novel’s main antagonist, a character called inBoil. The book exists out of time, and possibly even out of space.

The Statue of Mirrors. Finally, the fourth sequence is the present time of the novel which covers about three days.

Then all I would have to do would be to open richarv package, take those new socks out and put them on. He bit her arm off and started chewing on it.

In Watermelon Sugar – Wikipedia

The narrator’s non-reaction to Margaret’s hanging is to report it brauutigan Fred, to go with Fred to Margaret’s brother, and to wait with the brother while Fred—not the narrator or her brother—cuts Margaret down. The Forgotten Works, a strange place where the garbage, waste, and richafd of commercial production are stored, represents such a world. Therefore, if we take him to be an honest narrator with nothing to gain by lying, we can believe all that he says about iDEATH, his life, and the lives of others.


The hero whose name is—”If you are thinking about something that happened a long time ago: In a assessment of the novel, literary critic Patrick Morrow wrote: She had been a young girl there and ln she was not young anymore. And these may well push one to suicide. Brautigan had the front room of the house and enjoyed its marble fireplace and waetrmelon, Victorian windows.

He started writing novels in and is probably best known for his early work Trout Fishing in America.

I had my suspicions after reading Revenge of the Lawn and Trout Fishing in Americabut this one put him forever in my private slush pile. But that easy flow of words disguises something dark and bitter, something that creeps up over the narrative no matter to what degree the characters disavow that anything could be wrong with their minimal, controlled world of statues, rivers, bridges, and watermelon. The climate is temperate, and the vegetation is abundant, watered by a great many rivulets, creeks, and rivers.

Discusses the novel’s theme and the evolution of Brautigan’s style. Could the note he received from her on Wednesday morning have been a suicide note?


Jun 11, Fateme Beygi rated it really liked it Shelves: And he has his reward, for if he experiences no great emotion and does not know the “meaning” of the events he reports, he is a genuinely contented man.

Patricia Waugh understands metafiction as “. Usually I find that kind of thing quite obnoxious but it just worked with this one. Donald Merriam Allen was an editor whose work with Grove Press and Four Seasons Foundation made the most important contribution to enlarging the contemporary American poetry canon. Instead, they center on “the most commonplace and trivial things” Foster 86one of the most ubiquitious of which is food. Definitely one of the strangest but most original books I have ever read.

Brautigan is going to go the way of many minor literary figures, and even some bigger ones. As the years passed twenty men joined him I don’t understand the reputation that has been handed him and I don’t think he deserves it for the folderal he manufactured. Oh, how right he was.

In Watermelon Sugar

The birds, fish, flowers, and insects come in separate lots. This is hands down my favorite book of all time. Alonso never caught a trout, but recorded his annual losses religiously. It refuses whatever is different from itself, as evidenced by the failure to name the “beautiful” things that Margaret finds in the Forgotten Works.